I bought this based on recommendations on MUA. I wasn't sure if I'd like using a foundation brush, but it works great and is easy to clean. I use it with Revlon Colorstay and it lays down the makeup just fine. Maybe, I'll get around to buying a more expensive brush someday, but for now this works just fine. I like that I'm not throwing out latex sponges every day and it was only a dollar!
I had this for awhile before using it. I bought it because a Nars makeup artist used it on me and so, I thought I'd give it a try. I started using it because it's matte and makes a great contouring blush. I use it under my cheekbones and along the jawline. Then, I use Orgasm (which is shiny) on the apples of my cheeks. It's working for me!
Sunscreen -Unlisted Brand - Walgreens Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen
Bahesmama 9/4/2009 10:49:00 PM
This is the Walgreens version of Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry-touch Sunscreen. This has the same great coverage of Neutrogena but for much less money, especially when Walgreens has them for BOGO50% off. I buy this because with our kids in sports all summer they really go through the tubes fast.
Moisturizers -Olay - Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion spf 15
Bahesmama 9/4/2009 10:39:00 PM
I really liked this product at first, but it did make me very shiny throughout the day, so I had to give it up. I think I'll stick with the non-SPF version for nighttime, because I think the niacinamide did help my skin heal faster. For someone with dry skin this might be a great product.
I bought this to replace my old sunscreen (Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-touch). It's got a much better matte coverage. The sheer quality of the lotion really cuts down on the amount of shine I get during the day. Where before I'd start getting shiny before I even got done applying my makeup, now I stay matte for a few hours. Big improvement for me. Then, I just apply a little powder and it looks great. Before with the other sunscreens I used (including Olay Regenerist UV Defense w/SPF 15) I was just an oil-slick all day and powder helped, but not much. This paired with Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer TM has really cut down on the shine for me! The antioxidents are just icing on the cake for me.
Tinted Moisturizer -Neutrogena - Healthy Skin Enhancer SPF 20
Bahesmama 9/4/2009 9:46:00 PM
I was convinced to try this product because of Cosmetic Cops recommendation and because of the retinol. I love the pump because it is hygienic and it keeps the retinol stable. It provides both the sunscreen and light coverage that I need for the non-blemished parts of my skin (which is happily 98% of my skin). I've got oily skin, so hydration is not a concern for me. This does not leave me shiny. I use Maybelline Time Rewind for coverage on my spots and Laura Mercier concealer for my undereye issues. Works great. What more can you ask for? Sunscreen *plus* a little extra Retinol? (I sleep with Retinol or Retin A at night as well.) I feel like I'm doing something very good for my skin and if Paula Begoun says the product has the ingredients/pH/packaging to work, than I'm doubly happy. I've used it for about two weeks or so now and my skin looks really good. I think that little bit extra retinol is making my skin look smoother and my pores smaller. Gotta remember to keep the collagen around. After all, women loose 70% more than the guys our age do!
I love this brush. The shadow side is great for creases, but my favorite is the lining side. It has the most amazing shape and works so well.
This brush is so soft! At first I was worried because did not appear to be as thick as my Sonia Kashuk brush, but it is very dense and picks up a the powder so well! The Kashuk brush is so rough in comparison as is my MAC blush brush. I want to replace that, too now!
Love this brush. I first saw it when I got my makeup done by a Nars makeup artist and loved how she used it to line my eyes. I bought a similar brush by Sonia Kashuk at Target, but was not as happy with the results. I thought I'd just not had the experience to use it the way the makeup artist did, but when I bought the actual Nars version it went on perfectly. Such a difference a brush makes! Excellent brush, now I live lining my eyes!
I got this on a clearance sale at Walgreens. Loved the colors (Glow/Earth) blended together. I've got olive skin, so Glow (NARS Orgasm dupe?) was a little muddy for me, so I didn't use it on its own. Mixed with the pinkish Earth, it was fantastic. I found myself favoring Earth and using much more frequently, so after the packaging fell apart after about a year I bought Earth by itself and love it. The packaging is cheap and horrible. It was the worst thing about the product. Wish manufacturers would just stay with simple pots like the regular Jane Blushes come in.
I got this as part of a duo with Blushing Glow. Mixed together they were great, but I came to favor just using Earth because the lovely pink color did wonders brightening up my yellow-olive skin. The sparkle is pretty minimal, which is preferable for day wear. So, after a year and I found myself preferring this color to some of NARS blushes I bought just the Earth color. I like the shape of the packaging but wish it wasn't a twist off lid and just flipped open. Oh, well. It's my go to blush now and I like it a lot. I like that it's cheap and I can rebuy as frequently as I like.
I used this a few years ago and am considering rebuying. It's very creamy consistency, yet provides good coverage for spots. I do not use this all over my face, but on spots that need it and blend out from there and apply powder all over. It can soften any rough texture on the face, but definitely requires powder. Why did I stop using? I guess I wanted to try other things. It's great to carry in your bag for touchups. The packaging is very neutral, just a plain stainless steel casing that looks modern but rather plain. I have oily skin and this worked fine for me.
Treatments -Advanced Skin Technology - Green Cream by AST
Bahesmama 4/9/2008 5:15:00 PM
I've been using Green Cream for about two months now. I started with level 6 and have now moved up to level 9. Update: I credit this product with readying my skin for Retin-A, but I feel for the price it was a bit much. I recently read Paula Begoun's review of the product at Cosmetics Cop and I she gives the product a very poor review because of the high alcohol content. It prevents the retinol from helping the skin.
I use this because my hair stylist recommended it. I don't know if it's really doing anything at all. After I apply the styling creme to my wet hair, I dry it and straighten it and then add a glosser (John Frieda's Shine Shock, definitely my HG!). I can't tell if it's giving me any lift or control or what. On the plus side, it doesn't give me dandruff, which most gels and mousses do. So, I guess I'll use it until it's gone. I know, not much of an endorsement, but it doesn't appear to be doing any harm. Considering what I paid for it, I should probably give it 2 lippies, but hey, 3 is pretty honest. My hair looks great and shiny, but I kinda think it's the straightening and the glosser and the great conditioner I use. And yeah, I agree with another reviewer that it does smell like glue! I hadn't really noticed that before . . . but, it's not a strong smell. I seem to recall that B&B's shine serum smelled divine, but this? Not so much.
I have dry, thick hair and tried to use this to help the ends of my hair, but it didn't do anything for me. I use John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette Shine Shock, which is a lot cheaper and it's my HG. It does everything I hoped the Kiehls product would do at a fifth the price.